Via ars technica.
The Motion Picture Association of America, guardians of intellectual property, made unauthorized copies of the film This Film is Not Yet Rated (directed by Kirby Dick). The film looks at the MPAA’s motion picture rating system.
The unauthorized copies may be legal according to Stanford law prof Mark Lemley because they were not for financial gain (huh? read the article). But this group should have done everything within their power to publicly state why they felt the need to make these copies and they should have done it before they made the copies. (Especially since Dick requested that they not make any copies.)
Many believe that the MPAA’s motivations for protecting content is much more about financial gain than any respect for artists. This kind of behavior reinforces that view.